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How treatable is skin cancer?

About skin cancer Nearly every hour, someone dies of melanoma, a deadly but treatable form of skin cancer! When caught in its early stages, melanoma is nearly 100 percent treatable!with early detection and treatment, most cancer’s are curable!! Any Suggestions here?

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  1. Tran Reply:

    How curable prostate cancer is depends upon how advanced the cancer is and how Next to skin cancer, prostate cancer ranks second as the most common Source:

  2. Stephania Reply:

    Sep 15, 2008 Skin cancer is highly treatable if detected early. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed today and occurs more often than all

  3. Gracia Reply:

    Skin cancer is an uncontrolled growth of skin cells, if left untreated it can spread into other tissues and organs. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type. Source:

  4. Inell Reply:

    Skin cancer symptoms can include rough and scaly patches on the skin, a red firm lump. They can also be a mole that changes in appearance, or small sores or spots that become crusty and bleed. If in doubt, see your dermatologist. Source:

  5. Mai Reply:

    Skin cancer is caused from mutated skin cells, that most likely have been damaged from the sun. Most skin cancer can be found early and treated with success. Look here for more information:… Source:

  6. Luba Reply:

    My friend had a block dissection and has skin cancer again years ago and had a is this treatable? My friend sunbathed a lot mole removed as it was possibly cancerous. 25 years

  7. Torrie Reply:

    Hello,Maybe I could add something to that!There are 3 main types of skin cancer,(1) Squamous cell cancer,(2) Rodent ulcer, also called Basal cell cancer, and(3) Malignant melanoma!What makes cancers life-threatening, in the main, is not where they are when they first start, – but where they spread to! Bits of the original cancer break off, in time, and get carried around to other parts of the body, where they settle and grow! Like unwelcome visitors! These fragments are called secondary deposits, or in medical jargon metastases, (pronounced met- AS-ta-seez!)When the secondary deposits are plentiful and in critical organs like the brain, lungs, or liver, – they cause whole-body failure and death!Skin cancers are certainly locally erosive, – that is to say, they get larger and larger and eat away at (erode) the normal tissue, – but its the secondaries that are so dangerous!A rodent ulcer does not send out secondaries, but it is still called a cancer because it eats away deeply through everything underneath, in time!!! like a rat (rodent), hence the name!A squamous cell cancer comes from flat skin cells originally, (squamous means flat and stratified)! It is ready to send out secondaries, usually via the lymph nodes rather than through the blood-stream! These lymph nodes then swell up!Malignant melanoma is a heavy secondary-deposit spreader, and these secondaries are uniquely resistant to treatment! Spread tends to be via the blood-stream as well as the lymph system!There is certainly a direct relationship between how big the melanoma, or squamous cell cancer, has progressed locally, – and how likely there are to be secondaries, both now and in the future! Both cancer types are usually removed locally with a block of surrounding skin, and then the Laboratory man with a microscope, measures exactly how deeply (in millimeters,) the cancer has penetrated into the skin! For a melanoma, this depth is called the Breslow thickness, and it is highly predictive of dangerous spread!Skin cancers are uniquely accessible to early recognition and diagnosis!!! theyre right there in front of your eyes! It is a tragedy when they are missed and left to progress! They can all be cured at an early stage!I have looked around the Internet for some pictures!!! not too gruesome, but these are all at an advanced stage (so they make better photographs),!! here they are!!! Squamous cells cancers!!! http://upload!wikimedia!org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/Squamous_Cell_Carcinoma!jpg AND http://www!mskcc!org/mskcc/shared/graphics/Scc!jpgRodent ulcers!!! http://eyepathologist!com/images/KL954!jpg AND http://www!visualdxhealth!com/images/dx/webAdult/basalCellCarcinomaBCC_6168_lg!jpgMalignant melanoma!!!http://www!scumdoctor!com/images/malignant-melanoma-picture!jpg AND http://media-2!web!britannica!com/eb-media/83/66383-004-5A43B15E!jpg AND http://whyfiles!org/173skin_cancer/images/skinlesions!jpgUnfortunately all 3 types, squamous, rodent, and melanoma, – have variant forms or variations, but I guess thats what you have Skin Specialists for!Kaposis Sarcoma mentioned by the first Answerer, is a skin cancer normally only associated with HIV/Aids!Its difficult to lump all skin cancers together into one survival figure, – its like trying to lump apples, oranges and pears into one group!Here is a good prediction graph for melanoma outlook, by Breslow thickness!!! http://www!malignant-melanoma!org/staging/breslowulceration-survival/The other way of predicting the outlook, is by what is called Staging! This method applies to all tumors, actually, not just skin ones! The tumor is given a T! N! M! score!T refers to the original Tumor! You get a number score according to how big (thick) it is!N refers to local lymph Nodes! You get a number score according to whether they are involved, or not!M refers to Metastases (secondaries)! You get a number according to the presence or absence of secondary spread to somewhere else!Here is a good article about melanoma outlook by TNM Staging!!! scroll to half-way down the page!!! http://www!about-skin-disorders!com/articles/melanoma/melanoma-diagnosis!phpI hope this is of some help!Best wishes,Belliger(retired uk GP)

  8. Tameka Reply:

    Your skin gets cancer when a mutigen (UVa/UVb etc) alters the genetic code/ strand of DNA. When the cell reproduces, it passes on that alteration, and time after

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